A few weeks ago, the popular Southern California burger chain Umami opened a New York location in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Last year, I tried an Umami burger in Los Angeles and recently I was able to have another right here on the East Coast. My favorite is the Truffle Burger, one of two—the other is The Original, which comes with a parmesan crisp, shiitake mushroom, tomato and onions—that the restaurant says features “serious Umami Burger flavor.” The word “umami” originated in Japan and is described as the “fifth taste” after sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Though I’m not an expert, I would say my burger had a unique, savory flavor that is somewhat divergent from the typical hamburger. Other menu items include burgers with and without beef, salads and sides. I also tried the off-menu cheesy tater tots, which are best dipped in Umami’s house-made ketchup. This location also has a variety of cocktails inspired by the surrounding neighborhood—like The BobCat for NYU’s mascot, 6th Ave for the street it’s located on and The Path for the New Jersey-bound train that stops nearby—as well as beer, wine and soda.